Film festival returns to Hoboken museum


On Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. the Black Maria Film Festival will return for a showing at the Hoboken Historical Museum.

The festival includes several award-winning films from the Black Maria’s 2019 festival tour with filmmakers present for Q & A.

Films include:

  • Documentary “What Aristotle Said” by David Gross of Brooklyn offers a portrait of Hoboken’s own Bill Curran, the painter, art director, illustrator, and teacher.
  • An animation film by Steven Vander Meer of Arcata Ca titled “Random Thoughts”  about a man who sends his film to a film festival and along the way his thoughts reveal how inspiration can come to a creative spirit from anywhere, about anything, at any given time.
  • “Twilight” an experimental film by Richard Reeves of Creston Canada was inspired by the two lights found inside of film projectors. The film was created by applying both sound and picture directly onto 35 mm film. The result is a lively fusion of image and sound.
  • A documentary by Berlin Germany residents Bence Máté and Florian Schewe titled “Koka, the Butcher” is about Koka, a highly respected figure in a pigeon battling scene in Cairo, Egypt. His life revolves around his pigeons, as each year, whole areas clash in contests to release and capture each other’s birds. As the face-off between warring factions unfolds, 30-year-old Koka faces unbearable social pressure to leave “pigeoneering” behind, so he will settle down and marry.
  • An animation film “The Velvet Underground Played at My High School” by Summit residents Tony Jannelli and Robert Pietri will also be shown.  It is about the unknown four-piece rock ‘n’ roll band which took the stage for the first time on  Dec. 11, 1965, at Summit High School.

Tickets for the screening on Feb. 16 are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  Light refreshments will be served; seating is limited.

The museum is at 1301 Hudson St.

To learn more or to purchase tickets click here.